CNN and MSNBC were caught on at least two occasions spreading Iranian propaganda and lies during a failed Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq that resulted in zero casualties.
On MSNBC Chris Matthews brought in NBC Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi and throughout his appearance, he touted Iranian propaganda.
We’ve just getting reports now that a second wave of rocket attacks have been launched from Iran. The IRGC was saying that Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of this country, was in the control center coordinating these attacks. This is, uh, this bit I’m not sure about,” Arouzi said, before sharing the unverified propaganda claims, “but Iran state media is claiming that 30 U.S. soldiers have been killed in this attack. Now, this is not confirmed, this is just coming from Iranian media, but we have just stepped over the precipice, Chris.”
Arouzi went even further saying that Iran has launched its Air Force and will attack countries in the Middle East that are friendly with the US. What is true is that Iran launched missiles and failed to hurt anyone, MSNBC is touting a foreign enemies propaganda for political purposes. After the attack, Iran has said that it feels its response was enough and claims they will not launch any more attacks as long as the US doesn’t. Now, that is coming from Iran so who knows if that is true but, you gotta wonder if Iran launched the missiles just to save face.
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
Second on our list is CNN, who shortly after the Iranian failed missile attack Kaitlan Collins a CNN reporter, citing CNN’s Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, posted, “Aides are making urgent preparations at this hour for Trump to address the nation, per [Jeff Zeleny]. The specific timing [to be determined] & could be delayed given we are still learning info but two officials say a speech is being prepared and plans are being made for Oval address.”
Aides are making urgent preparations at this hour for Trump to address the nation, per @jeffzeleny. The specific timing TBD & could be delayed given we are still learning info but two officials say a speech is being prepared and plans are being made for Oval address.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 8, 2020
It appears though that CNN forgot to tell the White House or even confirm if the report was true. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham responded, “This is not true – was never true – & no one even attempted to confirm with the press office before tweeting. In a race to be first to break news, the public once again falls victim to irresponsible “reporting” by [CNN, Jeff Zeleny, and Kaaitlan Collins.]
This is not true – was never true – & no one even attempted to confirm with the press office before tweeting. In a race to be first to break news, the public once again falls victim to irresponsible “reporting” by @CNN @jeffzeleny @kaitlancollins https://t.co/7NdGlevoCO
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 8, 2020
CNN’s communications team had the gall to dispute Grisham.
To top the night off Iran state media was using CNN as part of their coverage.
کارشناس سیانان: برخورد موشکهای ایران به پایگاه آمریکا، پیامی به ترامپ بود. این پیام که خوب با این موشکها چه میکنی؟ میدانیم که ایران زرادخانه موشکی بسیار بزرگ و متنوعی دارد pic.twitter.com/Emq0N9HhnX
— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) January 8, 2020
It’s time to start investigating these news agencies, they have gone beyond politics by spreading fake reports, and spreading propaganda from our enemies disguised as news.
Written by January 8, 2020–